Upcoming Events

Indira Freitas Johnson and Garland Martin Taylor: Gathering
September 7 – October 6, 2018
moderated by Lise McKean
Guest curated by Joanne Aono

Opening Reception Sunday, September 9, 2018, 3-6pm
Closing Reception and Artists’ Talk Saturday, October 6, 2018, 3pm

The Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery and Sculpture Garden is pleased to present Gathering, a two-person exhibition of sculpture and installations by Raven Award Winner Indira Freitas Johnson and Garland Martin Taylor.

Both artists address societal issues through their mixed media sculptures and community involved projects. Gun violence, racism, immigration, and individual rights are among the topics conveyed in their assemblages, as they seek to heal and invoke dialogue. Influenced by her artist father, a follower of Mahatma Gandhi, and her social activist mother, Johnson creates forms reflecting non-violence from found objects and castings. Taylor channels his research of Henry Jackson Lewis, the first African American political cartoonist, as he welds bronze and stainless steel pieces with found materials such as skateboard parts, kinky hair, wood, stone, and pheasant feathers into 3-dimensional statements.

Johnson’s sculptures of hands and feet convey a calm spirituality in our main gallery space along with an interactive grid prompting the viewer to consider how we label ourselves. She will have an installation in the Freeark Sculpture Garden, combining pieces from her Ten Thousand Ripples project with a site-specific new construction questioning our inability to live harmoniously. Taylor will be exhibiting his iconic Conversation Peace and a recent related sculpture in the main gallery. Our rear gallery room will consist of an array of Taylor’s newest sculptures in an immersive installation of art and other items from his Southside studio.

 Riverside Arts Center
32 East Quincy Street, Riverside, Illinois 60546
708-442-6400 info@riversideartscenter.com
Freeark Gallery and Sculpture Garden Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 1-5pm, Closed Sundays & Mondays

AstonRep’s The Lonesome West
Matinee Performance and Post-Show Discussion
Sunday, October 28, 3:30 p.m.


Following the Sunday, November 4th matinee performance, Raven Co-Founder Suzanne Ross will lead a post-show discussion with cast members of The Lonesome West.

Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father’s house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only Father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.

“Both hilarious and viscerally exciting.” – Daily Telegraph

“One of the great events of the contemporary Irish theatre.”  – Irish Times

“An exhilaratingly original voice…” – The New York Times

The West Stage at The Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60626
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Lookingglass Theatre’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Matinee Performance and Post-Show Reflect Panel
Sunday, December 9, 2:00 p.m.


Unlock this jewel-adorned music box for the whole family!

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman’s dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.

Reflect Panel Discussion with Andrew McKenna – immediately following the matinee performance

Master Storytellers, Then and Now: Hans Christian Andersen wrote some of the world’s best-known and most-loved fairy tales, includingThe Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, and many more.  What were Andersen’s secret ingredients for cooking up successful stories?  What contemporary storytellers have similarly successful recipes?

Lookingglass Theatre
821 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611
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